Now imagine plugging a device about the size of a standard USB WiFi adapter into your computer, setting up an antenna, and being able to receive news and information from orbiting satellites even when you can’t get access to the Internet. But instead of these satellites being owned and operated by a government or corporation, imagine they were completely under the control of ordinary citizens. Such a network would be indispensable for combating corrupt governments, organizing rescue operations in areas stricken by natural disasters, and providing information to third world countries that don’t have a telecommunications infrastructure. But, can it be done?

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